2019: I‘ll retain Gawuna as running mate – Ganduje


Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has expressed his determination to retain the newly sworn-in Deputy Governor, Alhaji Yusuf Gawuna, as running mate during the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state.
Speaking shortly after the official swearing-in of Gawuna held at the Coronation Hall, Kano Government House, yesterday, Ganduje said he had taken the decision to pick Gawuna as his deputy based on confidence and trust, twin qualities needed in nominating the man to hold the plum job.
He noted that nominating a man of such calibre, entailed a painstaking scrutiny into his experience in politics and governance.
This, Ganduje said, will make such a nominee to be widely accepted and judged within the confines of his capacity and ability to assist the governor in propelling the state to greater height, affirming that from all intents and purposes, he had not made a wrong choice.
He said “as I am speaking today, I want you people to know that a good and credible choice is made.
I and the new deputy governor had many things in common going by our respective pedigree.
“He was a two time local government chairman and I was a three time local government chairman.
He was a Commissioner and I was a Commissioner too.
As you can see, we are bound together by an act of providence.
“Gawuna, as you know is a man of considerable experience and knowledge of leadership who can be entrusted with any given responsibility that he is expected to shoulder without disappointing anyone.
“The position of deputy governor is demanding and entails the commitment of a person who is ever committed to executing his assigned responsibility diligently.” “He has been sworn into office today and we are all gathered here because of him.
He is the most distinguished guest today, because without his presence here, we wouldn’t’ be here in this hall.
We will be in the same leadership train for the journey to Kano Government House, which by the grace of God is in the saddle of power together,” the governor opined.
“Looking at his calibre, experience and gravitas having been saddled with the responsibility of leadership in exceptional challenging circumstances, I have no iota of doubt in my mind that he would live up to his billing..
I was guided to make my choice based on the conviction that he commands considerable clout in political circles, which I believe is a key factor in winning the unfettered confidence of the electorate” he stressed.
He thanked members of the State House of Assembly for considering for screening and clearing Gawuna without much ado.
He, however, said the decision taken by the House to reach such conclusion, was a clear demonstration of the existing cordial relationship between the legislature and the executive arm.
In his remarks, Deputy Governor Gawuna promised to live up to his worth as one reliably entrusted to handle such a herculean task at the time the 2019 general elections draw closer.
He said, with commitment, dedication and absolute sacrifice, achieving the desired goal would never be far-fetched



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